EL GUAPO 2 - CAM ARCHER
Updated: Oct 13
I have the same problem most times Archer and his trusty super-producer Oh Gosh Leotus drop a project: how many ways can you say they re-set the bar for quality when they drop a project, that they pick what's trendy when they drop a video? Here's a novel thought: these motherfuckers calibrate the line of barsy-to-musical that is considered hip or acceptable in the largest county in the country and then some as far as I'm concerned - and as a listener of Archer's podcast, I can't help but be aware of that shit.
This EP is both a re-statement of Archer's stature and a leap-forward for the duo, its more turn-up and gangsta rap tinge (relative to prior projects) plus the level on which these guys perform makes the record almost cartoon like in its content (at times) and in its Incredible Hulk-like muscle at delivering smooth, immaculate, contemporary, bar-filled, certified bangers and slaps.
The title track "Guapo" is one of those lightbulb moments- Archer hasn't even plucked all of the lowest hanging fruit available to him in terms of making theme songs for his different personas in tandem with further exploring these worlds he's already built and painted for his more loyal listeners- and the song is ridiculously catchy and fun production and chorus-wise.
"Maxxout", "Bump in the Night", "Hell Yeah" are all standouts on this brief but impactful playlist. MidnightRun is probably my favorite Archer project that came out this year, but every time I listen to El Guapo II it makes its case more strongly- don't sleep, peep this ASAP if you haven't yet.
Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdculture hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers